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2017 $mart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference


Date: June 28th-29th, 2017
Location: Dallara Indycar Factory (June 28) & Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing (June 29)
Time: June 28th (11:30 am to 5:30 pm) followed by informal reception!
June 28th (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
Registration fee: $55 for both days, $45 for June 29th only

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(deadline June 15)

2017 Agenda:


Day 1 (June 28)
Dallara Indycar Factory

11:30 a.m.

Registration and Lunch

12:15 p.m.

The State of Indiana Manufacturing
Stephanie Wells, Director of Workforce Development Policy & Administration, Indiana Manufacturers Association

1:15 p.m.

Participants will be grouped by grade level and will rotate through each of the following sessions:

Productivity and Specialization in Manufacturing
Shanan Riegle, Yorktown Middle School

Entrepreneurs in Indiana's Manufacturing History
Greg Valentine, Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Indiana

The Role of Government
Jeff Sanson, Indiana Council for Economic Education

Dallara Indycar Factory Tour
Dallara Indycar Factory Staff

5:00 p.m.

Informal Reception
Please join us for a complimentary light dinner at Foyt Wine Vault


Day 2 (June 29)
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

7:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.

Opening Session

EconEd Talks

Why Financial Literacy is Important for Teachers

Economics is Common Sense, but Common Sense is Not Common
Presenter: Mohammad (Moe) Kaviani, Director, IUPUI Center for Economic Education

9:35 a.m.


9:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 1

Giving the Economy a Check Up
Presenter: Tony Pottorff, Columbus East High School

Geography and Economics Connections: Trade and Standard of Living Around the World
Presenter: Kathy Kozenski, Geography Educators' Network of Indiana

Help Students Experience Real World Decision Making with The Classroom Mini-Economy
Presenter: Christy Harshbarger, Mayflower Mill Elementary School

Picture Your Investing Decision Making
Presenter: J.W. Fansler, Indiana Council for Economic Education

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 2

Systems Thinking and Yellowstone National Park
Presenter: Chris McGrew, Indiana State University & Tim Curts, Speedway High School

How Economics Shaped the History of the World
(Suite 13-14)
Presenter: Sarah Craft, Borden Jr/Sr High School

Furry Friends: Economic Connections to Language Arts
Presenter: Kris Presley, Lowell Elementary School

Teaching Out-of-the-Box: Economic Experiments for Your Classroom
Presenter: Tracy Franklin, Pioneer High School

11:35 a.m.


11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 3

Teaching About Labor Markets and Wage Differentials
Presenter: Katrina Babb

Middle School Entrepreneurs: Lessons from Great Middle Level Literature
Presenter: Mary Page, Central Middle School

Chocolate Economics
Presenter: Christy Harshbarger, Mayflower Mill Elementary School

Integrating Pop Culture Into Your Economics Teaching
Presenter: John Kruggel, Brownsburg High School

12:30 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

1:10 p.m.

Presentation of Olin Davis Exemplary Teaching of Economics Awards
Sponsored by: Indiana Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Insurance, and Farm Bureau Foundation

Remarks by:
Jeff Sanson, Executive Director, Indiana Council for Economic Education
Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State
Chris Fenner, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.

1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 4

Award Winning Teachers Share Best Practices

Secondary Grade Levels

Elementary Grade Levels

2:35 p.m.


2:40 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 5

The Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE): Real Money and Entrepreneurship in an Experiential Learning Program
Presenter: David Perkis, Purdue Center for Economic Education; Justine Skillman, Hasten Hebrew Academy; Emily Vanderwall, Lafayette Christian School

Keys to Financial Success
Presenter: John Kruggel, Brownsburg High School

Pint-size Economics and Personal Finance Printables Featuring Math Connections
Presenter: Kris Presley, Lowell Elementary School

3:30 p.m.

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$mart Indiana is a project of the Indiana Council for Economic Education presented in partnership with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Farm Bureau Foundation

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"The number of sessions allowed the exposure to many good topics to take back to our students!”

“A lot of valuable information to use in classroom. I fee much more comfortable teaching Econ and Personal Finance.”

“The amount of resources I am leaving with is fantastic!”